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Heure Bleue Palais

Morocco, Essaouira

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Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux hotel group, the Heure Bleue Palais opened in 2004 after three years of renovations, offering luxury riad-style accommodation at the gates of the historic Essaouira medina. Finished to a high standard, retaining the feel of a traditional Moroccan home, the hotel combines African, European and Arab influences, staying true to the heritage of this fascinating city, now declared a World Heritage Site. Enjoy hearty Moroccan cuisine in the Oriental Restaurant or al fresco in the inner courtyard, alternatively for fabulous panoramic views, head to the rooftop terrace to sample light snacks, cool down in the swimming pool or relax on a sun lounger. You can even learn how to prepare tasty local dishes when joining one of the hotel’s cooking courses. Visit the surrounding areas and discover local traditions during one of many experiences available, including participating in the traditional Berber tea ritual whilst exploring ‘the Tuareq trail’ on a camel. And when you return, enjoy a signature hammam treatment at the hotel’s wellness centre.

Hotel child prices apply to ages 4-12 years.

The hotel has 33 rooms and suites.

Added value

Early booking discount

Save up to 01 July - 31 October 2018 booked at least 60 days prior to departure.

Meal offer

Guests staying for a minimum of 5 nights between 06 January - 31 October 2018 receive a free dinner once per stay.

Please note not all offers are combinable.

Spa offer

Guests staying for a minimum of 3 nights between 06 January - 31 October 2018 receive a free Hammam and Scrub once per stay.


Bars and Restaurants

The Oriental Restaurant

Enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine with a modern twist in a sophisticated but cosy atmosphere of the Salon Oriental.

The English Lounge

Open throughout the day and evening, the colonial-style English Lounge offers an inviting space for savouring authentic teas, tasty cocktails and in the evening, a selection of 'Kemia', oriental seafood tapas.

Terrace Restaurant

Located on the rooftop terrace, The Terrace Grill Restaurant offers light meals and snacks with amazing views over the ocean and the medina.

Beach and Pools

Swimming Pool

The heated swimming pool is located on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views over the ocean and the medina, and is ideal for a cooling dip or relaxing on sun loungers.

Spa and Wellness

Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre at the Heure Bleue Palais offers a traditional Hammam experience as well as a range of treatments, using natural ingredients including the famous Argan oil.

Activities and Entertainment

Billiards and Home Cinema

Enjoy a game of Billiards or head to the home cinema room to watch a sport event or a classic movie.

Cooking Classes

Enjoy cooking classes with the head chef Ahmed Handour and discover traditional Moroccan cuisine.

Other Activities

A number of experiences is available, including camel rides, 4x4 excursions, visit to a local winery, quad biking, hiking, watersports and more.

About the location
Essaouira is a breezy seaside resort with a laid-back vibe. Its fishing harbour is where it’s all happening, though. This lively, working hub is where the area’s freshest catch comes from. Then you have the sandy beach, which thanks to its location and windy nature, attracts windsurfers from all over.

Like Marrakech, Essaouira has a bustling medina – it’s slightly less chaotic, though, offering a more relaxing shopping experience. The colourful stalls are predominantly in the main medina, though they also spread out into the surrounding ancient streets. Shop for everything from spices and oranges, to dinner plates and hand-woven rugs. The medina lies within Essaouira’s old town and has ancient walls protecting it.

There is a great dining scene, too, from chilled-out loft bars overlooking the medina, to beach front Ibiza-esque restaurants. A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a traditional hammam (a Turkish bath). You can grab yourself this treatment in many of the hotels and spas across the city.
Transfer time
2 hours 40 minutes from Marrakech airport.
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Excellent service, great location
Chantman, Sydney, Australia
Tripadvisor review Sep 21 2018
The centrepiece courtyard is fabulous ( outdoor dining), the food is good, and the location is super convenient being just inside the medina. Free parking a short distance away. And the service is...
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Very disappointing
Tripadvisor review Aug 15 2018
The hotel is tired and dirty. The service is ordinary. I cannot believe I trusted this to be the usual Relais & Chateaux hotel experience. What a joke. Relais & Chateaux... are you kidding me. I...
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